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(Se) construire dans l’interlangue

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Françoise Bonnet-Falandry
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Stéphanie Durrans
, 
Moya Jones

Deuxième partie. Constructions sociales et imaginaires de l’interlangue

Frijoles and Cowboys from Richard Henry Dana, Jr., to Cormac McCarthy: Exploring the Roots of Spanish Language Use in the Literature of the American Southwest

Jeffrey Swartwood

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When Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian was published in 1985 it opened what was, for many readers and critics, a serious reexamination of the Western and more specifically Southwestern literary genre. Followed by the prominent Western Trilogy and widely commented on for its multi-layered symbolism and particular shades on violence, the novel represented a vision of the Southwest and its historic realities that contrasted vividly with the mainstream depictions of the Western canon in literature and film.

Throughout the transformed landscapes depicted in the novel, frontiers are explored: of human behavior and identities, national consciousness – borders that were already established as well as those that were only just emerging. Among these borders is that of language. In a multi-faceted paradox this border is both crossed and uncrossed, addressed and bypassed throughout the work. While less prominent than in the subsequent Border Trilogy, the use of Spanish in McCarthy’s work already ...

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